This isn't from the Living Traditions bit; just as a compare and contrast with other areas. It's very distanced, with 'they believe' this and that. Good display as well.
The main board in the middle kind of hides the exhibit a little bit.
This bit, on the left as you go in, is mostly brilliant with some amazing pieces in it
'healing' practices, hmm. Also 'how individuals choose medical treatments' is not explored at all. That would actually be interesting.
'in contrast to biomedicine... these traditions stretch back over thousands of years' - quite an undermining sentence for people who give credence to things just because they're old.
Medical traditions often don't 'treat' at all - as Singh & Ernst said, patients often used to survive in spite of doctors' practices, not because of them. This is still true, in terms of alt med.
it can be used to treat things, can it?
Again with 'thousands of years' - also, no mention of 'it is believed' - just a factual energy/harmony statement.
Favourite phrase again. The African traditions seemed to be treated slightly differently; more obviously presented as strange beliefs. Also the beliefs of a whole continent squished together when smaller things got more space, relatively.
'some enemas... have a direct medicinal effect, others actively remove waste products from the body'
Um, Geri? Really?
Right, because 'Western' medicine is entirely unconcerned with preventing illness.
'some actively purge and purify the body... soothe the symptoms of disease'
I'd bought some of that Lindt chocolate that very morning!
I'd prefer 'an imbalance of Yin and Yang is thought to cause disease' or something like that.
No mention of points being entirely unsubstantiated.
This is quite shocking.
BLATANT advertising. How did they get away with this?!
'other necklace charms, such as the beaded and leather bags, can also have a powerful effect'
They contain treatments? And for sexual dysfunction of all things?? Oh, my dear alma mater. How sad I was to see your name here.
Joshanda treats? What exactly is it?
This was great.
How was it transformed? The story of the emergence of clinical trials, the big names behind evidence-based medicine - all fascinating stuff.